Nation’s Flood Insurance Program Remains in Limbo

June 16, 2010

The Senate today voted against legislation that included a provision to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Along with short term extensions for numerous other federal programs, the NFIP extension was passed by the House just prior to the Memorial Day recess. It was voted down by the Senate today amid concerns that other, unrelated provisions in the bill would add to the federal budget deficit. Should the Senate approve an amended version, the legislation would have to go back to the House for another vote in that chamber.

The Senate vote drew criticism from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC).

“It’s been over two weeks since the National Flood Insurance Program was allowed to expire, and the program is still being held up because of unrelated issues,” said Jimi Grande, NAMIC senior vice president of federal and political affairs. “This lack of action by Congress is unacceptable, particularly when we’re in the first few weeks of the 2010 hurricane season.”

The Atlantic storm season began June 1 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecasted that 2010 will be among the most active seasons ever. The NOAA predicts that 2010 will see 14 to 23 named storms, with eight to 14 of those developing into hurricanes. Of those, the NOAA has said that three to seven may develop into Category 3 or above hurricanes with winds of over 110 miles per hour.

“We cannot afford to have political disagreements get in the way of protecting millions of Americans from flood losses,” Grande said.

Source: NAMIC

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  • June 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    Tammy says:
    Does anyone have a definate answer to this question? "Will existing flood business (policies) renew?"
  • June 28, 2010 at 11:38 am
    KentU says:
    Hal is correct and hits upon what I said earlier. Local governments have allowed developers to build without concern what was going to change at lower elevations in their com... read more
  • June 28, 2010 at 10:09 am
    Hal says:
    Debbie, the next most common question is "If we have not ever been in a flood area, why are we now?" Here's the answer: New construction up stream or down stream can change th... read more
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